Paramenesia theaphia (Bates, 1884)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Paramenesia theaphia
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Paramenesia theaphia, a species occuring in Kuril Islands (Russian Far East) and Japan, has been described from Sapporo evirons (Japan) as Paraglenea theaphia by Henry Walter Bates in 1884 [▽]. Genus Paramenesia was estabilished by Stephen Breuning in 1952 [❖]. Larvae of P. theaphia in Kuril Islands develop in weakened or dying shoots of castor aralia (Kalopanax septemlobus) located in the upper part of canopy. Adults, active from mid-July to September (peak in last ten days of July), feed on green tissues of Kalopanax leaves [✧].

Body length:7 - 10 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:July - September
Host plant:in Kuril Islands monophagous on castor aralia (Kalopanax septemlobus)
Distribution:Russian Far East (Kuril Islands), Japan

The depicted male beetle (8.5 mm) was collected in Tretyakovo (Третьяково) cottage settlement environs (N43°59′09″ E145°39′15″; Valentina creek valley, Kunashir/Кунаши́р island, Yuzhno-Kurilsky district, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin Oblast, Far Eastern Federal District, Russia) on August 23, 2013.

Collected by Larisa Sundukova

Bates H.W.:
Longicorn beetles of Japan. Additions, chiefly from the later collections of Mr. George Lewis; and notes on the synonymy, distribution, and habits on the previously known species.
The Journal of the Linnean Society of London 18: 205-262, 1884 [download pdf icon]

Breuning S.:
Revision einiger Gattungen aus der Gruppe der Saperdini Muls. (Col. Cerambycidae).
Entomologische Arbeiten aus dem Museum G. Frey, Tutzing bei München 3 (1): 107-213, 1952. [download pdf icon]

Cherepanov A.I.:
Cerambycidae of Northern Asia, Volume 3 - Laminae Part III.
Oxonian Press, New Delhi: 395pp [pages 130-136] , 1991. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusParamenesia Breuning, 1952
SpeciesParamenesia theaphia (Bates, 1884)